Health & Wellness Case Study: Becoming Informed | December 14, 2017

Gary Cassidy

WellnessMINUTE | Becoming Informed
Employee Education & Communications Director Gary Cassidy presents a health & wellness case study to help provide perspective, align expectations, and what your organization can expect to see from the first two to three years of a participation-based strategy. The strategies covered can be adapted to help enhance your health & wellness program.

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Video Transcript: 
Hi, I’m Gary Cassidy and welcome to another edition of the WellnessMINUTE. Today, we continue a series dissecting a case study to help provide you perspective, and possibly realign expectations, on what you can reasonably expect to see and uncover from your first two to three years of a participation-based wellness strategy.

For wellness programs to be successful they need to have two end results:

  1. First, participants need to be engaged and feel that the wellness program is helping improve their quality of life.
  2. Second, the company needs access to aggregate metrics to stratify their company’s health risks and assist in the prevention of health risks instead of just treating them.

Let’s review this case study’s overall risk stratification. While 33.6% of their participants have no risks, and they are generally below the norm for having anywhere between 1 – 5 risk factors, it’s important to note that 16.7% of their population has three or more risks factors – which is in line with 20% of the population driving 80% of their claims.

If we take a deeper dive into their biometric results we can see that they are above the norm for waist circumference and total cholesterol and even with the norm for tobacco use. It’s important to note that this company included nicotine screenings as part of their venipuncture biometric testing and that their other biometric results fell just below the norm.

If this company had less than 100% participation, their risks would need a qualifier (+ or -) to reflect its accuracy. The important takeaway from these metrics, based on their participation, is that regardless of the results, this company has a clear picture of their health risks and can move forward with an informed approach. This is the ultimate goal of a participation-based wellness strategy.

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